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Agnew awarded MBE in New Year Honours

Jonathan Agnew played for Leicestershire before embarking on his media career Getty Images

Jonathan Agnew, the BBC's cricket correspondent and Test Match Special commentator, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List for services to broadcasting.

Agnew, who played three Tests and three ODIs for England, had a 12-year career with Leicestershire from 1978 to 1990 before making a one-off comeback during the 1992 season for a NatWest Trophy semi-final when the county were hit by injuries.

However, it was as a journalist and broadcaster that Agnew built a global reputation having initially started at BBC Radio Leicester and the Today newspaper before succeeding Christopher Martin-Jenkins as the BBC's correspondent.

"It's great to get a pat on the back no matter what you do and this is a big pat," Agnew said. "Test Match Special is a tight knit crew and I look at this as a team award.

"I've also been able to be more of an allrounder, having done the Olympics and royal events, but I know cricket, and cricket on the radio is my home".